ARLINGTON, Texas — The Angels went against conventional wisdom by using a six-man rotation this season, and now they’re doubling down on that.
For the time being, they are going to use seven starting pitchers, Manager Joe Maddon said on Tuesday.
In the past couple of days they have brought up prospects Reid Detmers and Chris Rodriguez to start, and Maddon said they don’t have specific plans to drop anyone from the rotation.
That means they have Shohei Ohtani, Patrick Sandoval, José Suarez, Jaime Barria, Dylan Bundy, Detmers and Rodriguez in the rotation. Alex Cobb is currently out with a wrist injury, and would presumably replace Bundy when he’s ready.
“In this year, and we talked about this from the beginning, to make sure we had enough starters to get through the year comfortably,” Maddon said. “Hopefully, we’re going to realize the benefits next year of what we’re doing this year. I don’t know that. But that was part of the original philosophy too.”
The Angels have been cautious from Day 1 of the spring about the workload of their pitchers, given that all pitchers are ramping up from a shortened season in 2020 to a full season in 2021.
That’s even more of an issue with young pitchers like Detmers and Rodriguez, who hadn’t even gone through a full, healthy, pro season. Obviously, Ohtani is also doing something that no other pitcher does, so a little extra time is…